Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

is a Nigerian novelist, journalist, essayist, and humorist. Her debut novel, I Do Not Come to You by Chance, is set in intriguing world of Nigeria’s ‘419’ email scammers. It won the 2010 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book (Africa), a 2010 Betty Trask First Book award, was a finalist for the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa, and was named by the Washington Post as one of the Best Books of the Year.  Her debut Young Adult novel, Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree, is based on dozens of interviews with women and girls kidnapped by terrorist group, Boko Haram. It won the 2018 Raven Award for Excellence in Arts and Entertainment, was named as one of the American Library Association’s Best Fiction for Young Adults, is a Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2019 selection, a Junior Library Guild selection, and was shortlisted for the 2019 NLNG Nigeria Literature Prize.  Nwaubani’s impactful reportage and essays have appeared in scores of publications, including: The New Yorker, New York Times, and Guardian. She writes a monthly column for the BBC’s ‘Letter from Africa’, published online and broadcast on the World Service radio.